Designing Urban Transformation
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Design Strategies
Course Number: PSDS 5501
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course explores a conceptual and practical shift in the field of urbanism to better fulfill its potential as a mode of practice, and to make deeper and longer-lasting impacts on the form, functioning, and processes of city-building. This new shift is crafted by drawing from Pragmatist philosophy, innovative practice, and experimental pedagogies, and consists of three elements: city as flux, consequences of city design, and design practice as a creative political act. Students will learn about strategies for designing urban transformation through a series of presentations, readings, discussions, and case studies from around the world. In addition, students will learn about the original research as well as the inventive projects in urbanism that the instructor has carried out.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university graduate degree students; undergraduate seniors by instructor permission.


Not open to Undergraduate students.